Well, I Am Retired, Now What?

I know it has been awhile since I have updated this blog, and I probably will have to just start over with it so…here we go.

I have been through a recession, a divorce, a retirement brought on too fast by a recession, and all the financial issues that go with a divorce and custody issues, and all the  emotional issues that go with a divorce.

That was hard, and I think the emotional side of it is coming along quite well, and the financial side is showing very positive signs also.

I did not intend to give up my counseling practice entirely, which is what happened, nor did I expect to be away from my nascent Start Up Social Media business for two years either.

What did the Rolling Stone say about their 20th or 25th anniversary, “It Has Been a Long, Strange Journey?”  Well, I agree, life is a long strange journey, and now I am starting over as a retired Baby Boomer, who substitute teaches frequently, and works a part time job, while re-building my online business.

Substitute teaching can be a very fulfilling experience, once you determine what it is that you like to do.  I am not so good in a classrom setting, but I love the Special Ed settings, and have ended up in a lot of autism classrooms, where I am slowly learning about reaching kids with autism.  And para-professional subbing, while financially difficult, offers the opportunity to connect with a kid who is usually just a kid working to get along in the world, bright, shiny, curious, loving, playful, all the things that kids are, but with a disability

In a large school district like mine, it would seem that subbing jobs would be very plentiful every day, and two years ago, that was the case, but the district raised the pay for subs in an attempt to reduce the number of teacher-less classes, and was their strategy ever successful.  Every Baby Boomer in two counties started taking jobs, which is great for the district, but not so good for those of us looking for regular income doing something we like.

So a year or so ago, I saw two old friends from my SiteSell teaching days, successful entrepreneurs themselves, who were becoming active with a company called DSDomination.  At first, I dismissed DSD for myself, but they kept posting about making sales on eBay and building income drop shipping.  I took a look at DSDomination, and saw that one could get started for $20.00 per month, so I took a chance, and posted a few ads of Amazon products on eBay, and withing a few days had a sale!

I was very surprised at that success, and began to take a more serious look at the training that DSD offers, and to implement it on my eBay account, and then it was Christmas! Talk about sales!

But then the winter came, and Christmas sales waned, but my sales on eBay continued at a slower pace, a pace sufficient for my to stay affiliated with the company and try out a different DSD product or two, like the Monopoly training, which is about selling on Amazon, which has traffic bigger than its next six competitors. One of those competitors  is eBay.  Soon I will be sourcing my own products, perhaps from China, and selling them on Amazon…wow, the ol’ counselor becomes drop shipping power house, and is home all day to bother his kids.

So perhaps you can sense the energy in this for me, given the personal and professional transformation that I have been through since 2008.

And now DSDomination is developing a binary options trading platform, called Options Domination, and I am a member of that as well.  I know nothing about binary options trading, but I am seeing lots of DSDomination folks following the training and using the Options Dominations signals to make trades on the Nadex platform I believe.

What I do know how to do is build an affiliate team, which is why I am going to post a link to my affiliate sign-up page, as a first step in rebuilding my Start Up Social Media blog.  I have been using my Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest accounts as well, so my social media work gets rejuvenated as well.

I hope you will follow along with me and perhaps even join in, especially if you are a Boomer seeking some really easy to develop revenue streams…actually anyone seeking additional revenue streams is welcome to come along on this ride.

See you soon.

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